frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 13, 2005
18% version. Mahogney color with a medium sized light brown head. Aroma of rasins, pear, brown sugar and yeast. Plums, brown sugar and some pepper like spice. The finish is pretty hot in terms of alcohol, but considering the abv this is fairly balanced. wxman (1823) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2005 (Batch #2) This brew gives "over the top" new meaning. Very much like Samichlaus only more so (who would have thought that possible?) As with all high octane brews, what little head develops diminishes quickly. Strong aroma of alcohol with almost a Cuban cigar tobacco aroma. Warming alcohol and sweet candy/brandy taste. This stuff is too much. I actually mixed 2/3 Sam Adams Double Bock to 1/3 The Beast in a glass and got a more subdued yet interesting drink. It cut the strong alcohol flavor and gave the combination a better head and mouthfeel.
(Batch #3) what a difference a year makes. They lowered the ABV by 3%, made it taste more like cough syrup, and to add insult to injury doubled the price! That’s it, I’m never buying this stuff again. JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2005 660 ml bottle, 2004 edition 15.7% ABV. Dark brown with bright ruby highlights and a thick, light tan head. Big syrupy malt aroma, crystal malts, brown sugar, molasses, and cookie dough in here. Flavour is quite sweet, cookie dough and biscuity malt flavour precede a big shot of resiny hop flavour that evolves into a long bitter finish. There is also a bit of fruit in here, especially raisin/dates. This fruitiness become more intense as the beer warms up. Loads of alcohol that you can smell, taste, and definitely feel. This is a good beer, but it is a bit muddled. There are loads of individual components, but it seems like a strange cross of Belgian Strong Ale and American Barleywine. A bit too muddled to be really great. MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2005
going to start out and say I was a little intoxicated w/ rating this and a beer that’s equivalent to 11 shots of vodka didn’t help matters any.
the pour is a dark amber w/ a farily thick white head that laced pretty well. The aroma is sweet and fruity w/ an alcoholic backbone. The palate had a thick body and some decent carbonation it wasn’t as creamy as I would have liked but still good the flavor was of sweet malts, fruits (maybe cherries or some other berry), definitly a hop, and alcohol.. there were other things in it as well, the flavor was fairly complex but I couldn’t pull them apart... the alcohol flavor intensifies as the beer warms but it remains very drinkable either way. Overall a pretty good beer but one I’d prefer to drink in smaller servings (ie share a bottle w/ a friend or 2 next time) DocLock (10721) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2005
Big thanks to Brock_Landers for this. Let’s get this out of the way right off the bat.....you WILL taste alcohol in this. You will also taste intense dark fruits, including figs, berries, slight spices, cherries, berries, hops, cognac, scotch, cabernet, and even smoked meat and cheese...very complex taste. Deep copper pour with a big white head. The aroma is of big dark fruits, hops, and slight rauchiness...very complex aroma. Dense, very firm palate with a super fruity, somewhat astringent finish. Very complex, but this is a bit harsh. This is not a beer for pansy asses. Rather, it is a truly beastly, badass beer. I’ve never, ever seen this on shelves, but if I do, I’ll hoard it like a miser hoards empty soda cans.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2007 2004 bottle(Batch 2). Clear, dark amber color with a small off white head. Sweet malt aroma with lots of fruit(oranges?) and some alcohol. Sweet malt flavor, but not nearly as sweet as I had thought it would be. Some hops come through on the end, along with a big alcohol bite.
Definitely a sipping beer. Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 24, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2005 Initial impression: Thin, quickly dissipating head. Smells like nuts and toffee. Beautiful red amber color. Round, full flavor. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, but definitely warming afterwards as though you’d drank liquor. Flavor is nutty, and malty and hoppy, alternating. Very sweet. Impressive beer.
After about 6 oz: I couldn’t get past the alcohol flavor. It became hard to drink. I think this was due to it warming up as I drank it slowly. JorisPPattyn (10026) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JAN 14, 2005
Dark chestnut; brown-creamy dense head. Woody, hoppy and liqueurish sweet aroma, dark brown candi sugar. Endlessly hoppy & malty beer, extremely liqueurish, sweet almond cake. Extremely well-bodied, slick & syrupy; burnt MF, getting more obvious warming up. Alcohol obvious. Great beer, incomparable balance - a masterpiece for maltheads. My bottle says "only" 15.7 % ABV. And why has the "Beast" bowling alley skittles for teeth? Thanks, Jeremy Gray! YogiBeera (2569) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2005
Nice red color, no head. Light malty and almond nose. Some alcohol too. Nice warming alcohol and nutty malt taste. Spicey and hoppy in changing intervalls. Meat aftertaste, long lasting. Great. MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2005
Nice solid red color and a thin head. Sticky thick smell to it, cherry, plum, fig, oak, clove, a bit of ginger and some alcohol. The flavor is odd, as it reminds me first of a wine (not to bitter or sweet) for the mouthfeel, then it switches over to some strong barley treatment. Im somewhat disappointed at first with the taste of the beer, because the alcohol takes over, but ther aftertaste is something to behold. It has the you-just-drank-lots-of-alcohol feel to it, but it has the belgian strong ale good sweeter side. This reminds me more of a liquor with the feeling that you taste a lot of alcohol first, then the flavors of the drink second. Alterantively, I find that if I hold it in my mouth longer than usual the hops are felt more, along with the candy-like sweetness. Afterwards the slight burn from the alcohol is felt. Quite an interesting beer, I just wish I could afford to buy a second to hang on to for a while.